Respectable Backyard Birding Photography Setup
From our "For What it's Worth Department", below is a shot of what we'd consider a respectable backyard birding photography kit. (Truth be told, the tally of capturing "that special bird" runs from the cost of a box of crayons to tens of thousands of dollars and beyond. But we think this sort of rig strikes a reasonable middle ground at around $1,000 and will stretch the artistic capabilities of most of us...)
So what are we looking at here? Well...
- Canon EOS Digital Rebel XT: We have the 10.2 MP unit - a fine investment.
- Two lenses... An 18-55mm, and a 55-250mm: For the moment, these will do nicely. (Down the road, we're hankering for one of those big honking units you see on the sidelines in Monday Night Football. It could happen...)
- A remote shutter release and tripod: IMHO, those are "must haves". Say what you will about lens stabilizers and tripods, but the ability to bedrock the camera, step back, and remotely trigger the device without nary a tremble is the only way to go.
- Compact Pentax 12x24 binoculars: We like these for their exceptional clarity and ruggedness. (I ran over them once with a truck and they still perform beautifully...) Nowadays, the Bushnell Powerview 8x21 look to be a good value at sub $20.
- Spare SD card and battery for the camera: Ahhh... Nothing like running out or resources when that pterodactyl appears...
And that's about it - a lifetime of quality enjoyment for the cost of a dinner for four, parking, and a quartet of decent seats at a MLB game.
See you by the feeders,
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